Republican presidential hopeful Chris Christie said if elected he would model a system for tracking immigrants and foreign visitors to the United States on the package tracking system in place at FedEx. For Christie, fingerprinting, photographing, obsessively documenting, and taking iris scans from foreign visitors isn't enough.
This morning, the nation was horrified to discover that a Virginia local news reporter was shot dead, along with her cameraman, on live television. Hours later police released the name of the man they suspected as the killer. This afternoon, apparently after a police chase, the suspected killer shot himself and died.
Police in Colorado say they would be happy to use face recognition technology in their body camera system, but would want to make sure communities support the move before doing so.
The biometrics industry website BiometricUpdate.com reports:
For a few reasons, it's to date been impossible to create a map of surveillance cameras and other spy devices in Boston. For one thing, the City of Boston has previously refused to disclose to the ACLU the locations of its hundreds of networked surveillance cameras, many of which were purchased with DHS funds. Another complication is that many other agencies in the city have their own camera systems, including the MBTA and the Department of Transportation, to name just two.
Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump used to say reasonable things about immigration policy, for example calling for comprehensive reform and a path to citizenship for undocumented immigrants. But now he's running for the nation's highest office in the GOP primary, and his rhetoric has taken a sharp turn toward the virulently xenophobic.
Today the ACLU of Massachusetts filed suit against two officers from the Massachusetts Bay Transit Authority police department for civil rights violations against our client Mary Holmes, pictured above. From the ACLU's website: